T has been a year or so since I sold my rowboat and
stopped depending on the tide chart we publish in
the back of each issue, but doing therapy in the water
for my healing arm has me using it daily again. The
dropping tide rips where I swim off Waynick Boulevard, so
catching the rising tide is important. I’m “swimming” for
exercise but mainly working to reestablish my arm’s range of
motion. My goal is to get that arm straight up to the noon
position, not to mention fully functional again. Part of
my routine includes floating on my back making saltwater
angels instead of snow angels.
I have a history with snow angels, having lived in the
middle of the Boone/Blowing Rock/Foscoe triangle for
close to two decades. Our coast sees a taste of fall color
every year, but nothing like the show the mountains display
in October. This issue holds some ideas for a quick trip to
Boone. I long to return to my favorite spot in the High
Country, having not been there since January, just prior to
my arm injury.
During my younger years in the mountains, working a
music event at the once famous Hub Pub Club, I met one
of our Wilmington notables, Charlie Daniels, when his
song the “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” was all the
rage. Daniels died from a hemorrhagic stroke on July 6th
this year. I also had the pleasure of watching local celeb-rity
Meadowlark Lemon play tricked-out basketball with
HEAD FOR THE HILLS
the Harlem Globetrotters many years ago with my father.
They combined humor and great athleticism in a pro sport
unlike anything since, all done to the whistling tune
of “Sweet Georgia Brown.” Another notable resident, the
great Althea Gibson, was an answer on a recent Jeopardy
episode. You will want to check our other notable citizens to learn which U.S. president also lived in our fair city.
This issue, we have a fish tale for you, our first piece of fiction written by 92-year-old George Clark. Our team is quite fond
of George. Over the last 20 years, he may have been in our magazine more than any other Wrightsville Beach resident outside
of our Social Seens pages. A former state
senator, an attorney, incredible fisherman
and an endearing person, George has a
lot to say. He also may very well hold the
distinction of being our biggest fan.
Enjoy the elbow room, ample parking
spaces, and the stunning sunsets this time
of year holds.
Love, joy and PEACE to all!
Did you know that our online archives
go all the way back to the 2007 issue?
If you’re looking for one of our older articles,
archives page to run a search.
LIGHT UPON THE EARTH
A Rejuvenating Mountain Getaway
INK IN OCTOBER
Downtown Artists Take Center Stage
Famous Folks Who Lived Here
October at the beach is one of my
favorite months of the year.
We revisited our covers from years past to create this photo illustra-tion
of publisher Pat Bradford, originally printed in WBM’s Decem-ber
2017 anniversary issue. Our favorites have been compiled into
a short video clip available on our new website and YouTube. See
the video, titled “Timeless Wrightsville Beach Magazine,” on the
wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com home page.
WBM FILE PHOTO ILLUSTRATION